Sunday, 11 September 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 284: Tue Oct 11

Hell Drivers (Endfield, 1957): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.15pm

60th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (5th-16th October 2016) DAY 7
Every day (from October 5th to October 16th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

Time Out review:
Energetic and violent trucking thriller marked by the raw, angry edge of the best of blacklist victim Endfield's Hollywood work, and by his appreciation (shared, oddly enough, by fellow exile Joseph Losey) of the markedly out-of-the-mainstream talent of Stanley Baker. Playing an ex-con hired as one of a team of drivers forced to drive at dangerous speeds in rattletrap lorries over rugged roads to meet the daily quota of loads to be delivered (a touch of The Wages of Fear here), Baker further becomes involved in a deadly duel with a sadistic rival (Patrick McGoohan) on his way to smashing the haulage company's racket.

Paul Taylor

The VistaVision fine grain positive of the full-length British release version was scanned at 6K to capture the image detail. The sound has been remastered from the best original 35mm source.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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